WV Weddings Spring Summer 2020



elayna met matthew shortly after she moved to bridgeport in February of 2017. She moved to the area to pursue her news reporting career at WBOY. On a surprisingly warm February morning, Elayna called Matthew’s work, his family’s car dealership, to interview him for a news story she was working on. They met later that day and were surprised by their instant connection. Elayna and Matthew knew their love was real and rare and went on their first date just days after meeting. After a year and a half of dating, Matthew proposed to Elayna on Ellis Island during a visit to New York City. He chose this location because many, many years ago his relatives had started their new lives at that very same location. Elayna and Matthew made a leap in their relationship and started on a new journey together. They were married in Elayna’s hometown of Huntington, and their wedding day emulated their romance: elegant, effortless, and timeless. Elayna planned the wedding with the help of her mother, Cathy, and close family and friends. She wanted every element of the day to feel classic, yet unique and reflective of their personalities. The couple exchanged traditional vows in a faith-based ceremony, and the bride carried a bouquet of white orchids resting on a white lace bible that had been carried on her grandmother’s and her mother’s wedding days. Elayna and Matthew say their wedding day united them as husband and wife, united their families as one, and brought together family and friends from near and far to celebrate a truly magical moment in their lives. Following the wedding, the couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and then returned to Bridgeport, where Elayna works as a media specialist and Matt as the general manager for Jenkins Subaru Hyundai.


BRIDE’S PARENTS Cathy & George Conard Jr.

GROOM’S PARENTS Sheila & John Jenkins

PHOTOGRAPHED BY Meredith Dickens Photography

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